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OK, “soars” might not be the most appropriate term when compared with 75,000+ titles in the iTunes App Store, but humor me. It’s just exciting to see more official apps for the Palm Pre on what looks like a weekly basis now. Besides, 15 new titles […]

findapps_2009-18-09_095403OK, “soars” might not be the most appropriate term when compared with 75,000+ titles in the iTunes App Store, but humor me. It’s just exciting to see more official apps for the Palm Pre on what looks like a weekly basis now. Besides, 15 new titles increases the catalog by 22 percent. If Palm can keep that growth rate up, it’ll catch up to Apple by 2014 or so. ;)

Tops on my list to download today is Chess for webOS. I find that a good turn-by-turn strategy game is perfect to pick up throughout the day. The game is auto-saved, so you don’t need to run the app all day long. I’ll also have to check P2GoogleVoice to see how it compares with gDial Pro with my Google Voice account. Send My Location sounded good at first, but I’m a little disappointed — the software shoots your exact GPS location by email or text. I was hoping for something a little more robust, but I’ll take what I can get. P2SnippetS sounds useful, however. The software is essentially an über-clipboard that stores frequently needed text bits so you can paste them as needed. MediPDA, TipCalc, Hebrew Calendar, Ditto, Reversi, Deadman, Dot Game and three versions of a picture comparison game also land in the catalog.

Oh, I almost forgot about the Survivor: Samoa title. Aside from the cast bios, vids, and show updates, you can manage a Survivor Fantasy team on your Pre. I think I’ll pass on that — I’m already smarting from a one-point Fantasy Football loss in our opener last weekend.

All kidding aside — Palm needs apps to compete with the other platforms out there. That’s only going to happen if developers see a lucrative market for their wares, which means Palm needs to sell bunches of webOS devices. The company did sell 823,00 smartphones in the most recent quarter, but no breakout numbers were given. However, Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein said that the vast majority of those were Palm Pre handsets. To capture the attention of major development shops, I’m not sure that’s enough. Until webOS devices are in the hands of 1.5-2 million customers, apps for Android and iPhone handsets will continue to arrive at a far faster pace.

  1. The problem with Chess is that the icons for the pieces are too small and hard to distinguish. The author really needs to either make those pieces bigger, or maybe just switch to the easier to distinguish 2D drawings instead of a 3D representation.

    Paid apps will be available on 9/24 it seems and that should open things up a ton more as well: http://gizmodo.com/5362666/palm-paid-apps-coming-on-september-24th

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    1. Well, there’s another problem with Chess — I keep losing. ;) I had the same issue distinguishing the pieces at first. It could use some work, but something that helped me was to change the board in the preferences. The plain black and white is a little easier to work with than the Wood pattern.

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  2. Microsoft tries to put a good face on their $2.99 minimum charge for apps in their store but the cold hard reality is Apple figured out how to maximize the payout when processing credit card charges for $.99 songs and even Microsoft can’t compete with them in that space.

    Can Palm?

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  3. At a rate of 22% growth per week, assuming that Apple’s current app catalog remains constant at around 75,000 and Palm’s app catalog currently contains about 80 titles, it would take 35 weeks for Palm to compete with Apple on the applications front, with 81,176 apps. 2014 or so? More like 2010.

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  4. How did you arrive at the 1.5 – 2M number as being required for developers to be motivated to the Pre? Analysis? Numbers? Calculation? Personal expertise? Rectal extraction? What?

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    1. That’s my gut opinion after watching Android sales numbers and app titles arriving in the Android Market. Obviously, it’s arbitrary and arguable. Having said that, what number of webOS device sales do you think it will take to gain more developer traction?

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